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  • ST Engineering divests interests in JV with Airbus Helicopters

    Singapore Technologies Engineering (ST Engineering) has divested its interests in a joint venture (JV) with Airbus Helicopters to sell and support rotary-wing platforms in the Southeast Asian country. ST Engineering said in a statement on 29 June that it has sold its entire 25% stake in the JV

  • Australia publishes report detailing Lockheed Martin industrial contribution

    The Australian government has praised the commitment of defence company Lockheed Martin to its domestic industry following the release on 28 June of a report on the company’s economic contribution authored by accountants KPMG. The report, commissioned to assess the extent and impact of

  • GRSE unveils design proposal for Brazilian corvette programme

    Indian naval shipyard Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers (GRSE) has unveiled its design concept for the Brazilian Navy’s Tamandaré-class corvette programme. The Kolkata-based shipyard has teamed with Israel’s Elbit Systems Ltd for the supply of combat systems and local firm

  • Despite calls for relief, sanctions against Russia unlikely to be lifted until east Ukraine conflict’s resolution

    Event On 29 June 2018, European Union (EU) leaders agreed to extend the existing economic sanctions against Russian energy, defence and financial sectors for another six months, until 31 January 2019. The finalisation of the decision is expected in the next several weeks and will be a

  • Indian compliance with aggressive US sanctions on crude exports increases risk of Iran resuming nuclear programme

    Key Points This position marks a significant shift in US sanctions enforcement policy; during the 2012–15 sanctions period under former US president Barack Obama’s administration, the importers of Iranian crude oil qualified for waivers from US sanctions if they demonstrated

  • Singapore, UK renew MOU on co-operative defence research

    Singapore and the United Kingdom have renewed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on co-operative defence research (CDR) that will last for the next 10 years, according to a 28 June statement by Singapore’s Ministry of Defence (MINDEF). Under the renewed MOU – which was signed the

  • Azerbaijan parades SOM cruise missile

    The Azerbaijani military displayed a Roketsan SOM cruise missile for the first time during its annual parade in Baku on 26 June. This is the first known export of the SOM, which Roketsan says has a range of more than 250 km with a high explosive/blast fragmentation warhead weighing approximately

  • BAE Systems to build nine next-generation frigates for Australia

    BAE Systems has won an AUD35 billion (USD25.9 billion) competition to provide Australia with nine next-generation, anti-submarine warfare (ASW) frigates for the country’s largest peace-time warship building programme. Formally announcing the selection of the company’s 6,900-tonne Type

  • Russia increases equipment and readiness levels

    Implementation of Russia’s Gosoboronzakaz (State Defence Order, GOZ) reached 97.5% in 2017, newly appointed Vice Premier Yuri Borisov has said. The armed forces reached a readiness level of 95%, Borisov said at a teleconference on 22 June, adding, “As of 1 January, modern

  • US State Department approves sale of Aegis Combat System-related equipment to Australia

    The US Department of State has approved a possible USD185 million Foreign Military Sale to Australia of equipment associated with the integration of the CEAFAR 2 phased-array radar system with the Aegis Combat System, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said in a 26 June statement.

  • Xi says China will not give up ‘any inch of territory’

    Chinese President Xi Jinping has told US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis that Beijing will not give up “any inch of territory”, adding that the Pacific Ocean “is vast enough to accommodate China and the United States, as well as other countries”, according to the Xinhua news

  • Russian frigate returns from Mediterranean

    Russia’s Admiral Grigorovich-class frigate Admiral Essen has completed its mission in the Mediterranean and is returning to Sevastopol, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 28 June. Admiral Grigorovich returned to Sevastopol in early June, making two Buyan-M corvettes the only

  • OPCW gets power to identify perpetrators

    The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) was given the ability to identify the perpetrators of chemical attacks in Syria during a special session of signatory states on 27 June. Despite opposition from Russia and 23 other states, a majority of 82 approved a British proposal

  • Singapore signs digital technology accords with Boeing and Airbus

    Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) has signed separate agreements with Airbus and Boeing to co-develop digital technologies to enhance support for aircraft in operation with the Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF). The two accords were signed on 28 June at the

  • Chinese navy conducts training exercises near Taiwan

    Chinese People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) vessels have been conducting “real combat training exercises” in waters near Taiwan and on the high seas since 17 June, the PLAN announced in a 25 June statement. A naval formation comprised of the Luyang II (Type 052C)-class destroyer

  • India gifts second Dornier 228 MPA to Seychelles

    India has handed over a second licence-built Dornier 228 maritime patrol aircraft (MPA) to Seychelles in a ceremony held on 26 June at Air Force Station Palam in Delhi. Visiting Seychelles President Danny Faure, who received the aircraft’s airworthiness certificate from Indian External

  • Landowners’ attack on LNG assets indicates rioting, arson, and cargo disruption becoming more likely in central PNG

    Event On 23–24 June, landowners set fire to construction equipment and a camp site connected to the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project and blocked the main road to the oil-well heads in Angore, Hela Province. A similar attack occurred in Angore on 19 June when armed

  • South Korea updates offset policy to support collaboration and exports

    Key Points Updated offset policy to prioritise exports and industrial co-operation instead of technology transfers Emphasis is intended to drive industrial advancement and boost job creation, says DAPA South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) has announced changes in

  • Fincantieri enters agreement with Australian firm Titomic

    Fincantieri, a bidder in Australia’s programme to procure next-generation frigates under the Sea 5000 project, has entered an agreement with local additive manufacturing specialist Titomic to test alloys for shipbuilding. The ‘material science testing’ agreement was announced on

  • South Korean Raybolt spotted in Yemen

    A manportable anti-tank missile system that appeared to be a South Korean-made LIG Nex1 Raybolt has been seen in a video attributed to the Fourth Brigade that is fighting the Yemeni rebel group Ansar Allah (Houthi). The Raybolt is an advanced system that can be locked on before launch so the

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